Friday, 27 June 2014

Lingholm The Derwent Fells, a watercolour by Rob Miller RSA

Exploratory water colour paintings for the Lingholm Triptych

The Derwentwater Fells.

Lingholm The Derwent Fells,
A watercolour painted en plein air from a boat near Derwent Island and then from the Island itself (due to a strengthening wind and the fact that my small boat was directly in the path of the Derwent launches which raced quickly past me.
Rob Miller at The Lingholm Estate. 
Lingholm The Derwent Fells
A watercolour painted en plein air looking across Uzzicar to Little Dale.
 Rob Miller at The Lingholm Estate.
Lingholm  Derwent Fells Watercolour painted en plein air from off  Lingholm Island
Rob Miller at The Lingholm estate

Lingholm Catbells  A watercolour painted just off Lingholm Island
Rob Miller at the Lingholm estate

 The Derwent Fells make for a pleasant high walk in the northern Lakes District with stunning views across to its loftier neighbours inBorrowdale and Buttermere. The Derwent Fells include the following fells,  Hindscarth, Dale Head Crags, High Spy, Robinson and Litteldale Edge. Coledale a part of the ancient County of Cumberland makes for good painting country. It is more easily accessible than Borrowdale and yet the road up to Newlands Hause and  Buttermere is less busy. The pass has some nice places where the artist can stop and paint the fells en plein air or walk up easily graded valley paths. The shapes are interesting and when viewed together with Causey Pike, the Litteldale Crags and High Spy look distant and mountainous.

 I painted this particular view of the Derwent Fells from Derwent Isalnd,  Lingholm the country holiday destination of Beatrice Potter is nestling by the far shore, you can make out its boat house on the far right hand side of the painting, a good ten minutes row away in the white boat Lingholm 1. Derwent Island is the only inhabited island on the lake. Once owned by the monks of Fountains Abbey, it was the home of German miners working in the area in Elizabethan times. The island and its house, has, since the 1950's, been in the ownership of the National Trust and is open to the public five days a year. For information on the grade 2 listed Lingholm built by Sir Alfred Waterhouse and staying there as guests of the Seymour Family please go to,   for details of the houses history go to

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